Review: A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses
by Tom Standage
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tom Standage takes a walk through history sampling six beverages that helped shape our world. Standage takes on the history of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and soda (Coca Cola in particular). This is both a history of the drinks themselves, and also the social conventions and institutions that grew up around them. He relates the impacts they had on broader events, from the adoption of agriculture all the way up to the present day. A good light read for history buffs by the digital editor of the Economist.

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